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GFB moving forward with YF&R competitive events

by Jay Stone, Georgia Farm Bureau

Posted on Jun 17, 2020 at 0:00 AM

The Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) program is proceeding with its 2020 competitive events, which were postponed when the YF&R Summer Leadership Conference was canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

According to GFB YF&R Coordinator Erin Nessmith, the awards program has been updated to ensure participation will not be hindered by time constraints, health and safety of GFB members and opportunities to meet.

“Georgia Farm Bureau is invested in the future of our young people, and the leadership development through our Young Farmers & Ranchers program is vital to our success and survival in years to come,” said GFB President Gerald Long. “For anyone participating in these competitive events, this year presents some unique challenges, but it’s important that we continue to innovate ways to help our young farmers and ranchers grow as leaders and as people.”

Applications for the YF&R Achievement Award and Excellence in Agriculture Award will be accepted until July 31. Entry applications may be downloaded at

The Achievement Award, given to recognize accomplishments of farmers who earn the majority of their income from production agriculture, will be based solely on contents of the competitors’ applications. Unlike years past, there will be no on-farm interviews.

The Excellence in Agriculture Award recognizes farm-related accomplishments of those whose income is derived through something other than production agriculture. The top three competitors will be determined through evaluation of applications. Finalists will make presentations through video conferencing with contest judges.

The 2020 YF&R Discussion Meet is on hold. The YF&R Member of the Year Award will not be given in 2020.

For more information about the competitive events or the YF&R program, contact Nessmith at or 478-474-0679, ext. 5232.

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